Iss Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996): Sleepless in the city of Bombay

There are some movies which get a cult following, but probably do not receive much adulation during its time of release. Though Sudhir Mishra’s Iss Raat Ki Subah Nahin is still talked about, I still feel that the film has not got the love it deserves. Even though I have watched the film in bits and parts earlier, now thanks to the lockdown I watched this film again on Amazon Prime. The noir film might seem normal now, but back in those days it was supposed to be path breaking.Continue reading “Iss Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996): Sleepless in the city of Bombay”

Shaheen Bhatt launches her debut book ‘I’ve never been (un)happier’ in association with Landmark and Penguin

~The book was released by Alia Bhatt, Mahesh Bhatt, Pooja Bhatt, Rahul Bhatt and Soni Razdan who came out in support of Shaheen~Continue reading “Shaheen Bhatt launches her debut book ‘I’ve never been (un)happier’ in association with Landmark and Penguin”

In Conversation with Pitchers Fame Actor Naveen Kasturia: “I don’t try to give a great shot. Rather a sincere shot.”

In this freewheeling chat, actor Naveen Kasturia gave us an insight into his struggles to fame and process as an actor. 

How did the journey in the Industry begin?

I was working after engineering, when I decided to quit job and move to Mumbai to become a director. I never wanted to become an actor. In school, I used to make my own plays and also act in them, so I assumed I could follow a similar path in the film industry, that is make my own films and later act in them as well. I wanted to start as an AD, for which I was gong to different offices. There was an opening in Vishesh films and I happened to be at right place at the right time. I started with assisting Bhatt sahb in Jashn, before I met Dibakar Bannerjee and became his AD in Love Sex aur Dhokha.Continue reading “In Conversation with Pitchers Fame Actor Naveen Kasturia: “I don’t try to give a great shot. Rather a sincere shot.””

Hamari Adhuri Kahani Movie Review: Shockingly Regressive and Melodramatic

There are good films and there are bad films. And then there are some films that are so unbelievably bad that you feel like shouting – why did they make this film!!? Hamari Adhuri Kahani, the latest melodramatic overdose from the Bhatt camp, is so regressive, unbelievable, over-the-top and nauseating that you stop expecting anything within half an hour into the film. Mohit Suri, the film’s director, has a reasonable track record with good little films like Kalyug, Awarapan and Woh Lamhe under his belt. In fact, Suri has also been at the helm of affairs for three consecutive blockbusters for the Bhatt Camp in the recent past – Ek Villain, Aashiqui 2 and Murder 2.Continue reading “Hamari Adhuri Kahani Movie Review: Shockingly Regressive and Melodramatic”

Hamari Adhuri Kahaani Movie Review: A Good Director Cannot Save A Bad Script

In 1982, Mahesh Bhatt made Arth, with Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil and Kulbhushan Kharbanda. Since then, he has made it again and again atleast a 100 times. If not that, he has taken elements from Arth and twisted them around, rebottled them with new flavor, and made a film again. Arth was an absolute classic. Most of its derivatives are not. But Bhatt will never get out of it seems. And he must plunge us as well as he drowns. Directed by Mohit Suri, Hamari Adhuri Kahaani is concocted with a stellar cast, but it is supposed to be the love story of Mahesh Bhatt’s parents. In reality, it is another take on Arth. Albeit drenched in ham-fisted dialogue by Shagufta Rafique. Continue reading “Hamari Adhuri Kahaani Movie Review: A Good Director Cannot Save A Bad Script”

Mr. X (2015) Movie Review: Invisible Script

Emraan Hashmi is one actor who can do both an A grade film and a B grade film with ease, very few actors can do that. Emraan has been experimenting with his roles over the last two years, but the results have not been favourable. Hi last two films despite being what you’d call as typical commercial films, failed to garner moolah at the box office.

Most of us are familiar with H.G.Wells novel (The Invisible Man), it remains a perennial favourite among generations, and Bollywood has already made a few as far as I know in which the leading man turns invisible. Of these my personal favourite is Gayab, I prefer it over the much loved Mr. India.Continue reading “Mr. X (2015) Movie Review: Invisible Script”

Sulemani Keeda (2014) Movie Review: The Lazy Bollywood

Language : Hindi | Running Time : 89 Minutes | Director : Amit Masurkar

There’s a definite understanding of the ways of Bollywood in Amit Masurkar’s “Sulemani Keeda”. In a bar, writers of two different industries – TV and film sit on opposite seats and start calling each other out. The writers trying to make it in the movies, Dulal (Naveen Kasturia) and Mainak (Mayank Tewari) say that writing for TV is shit and the writers who’ve made it in TV ask them what they’ve managed to achieve or even sell trying to make it in the world of movies. One of the men even shows us his VW car key. Life is about this pursuit between making money at the onset or struggling to find a foothold to showcase art, no matter how ungainly and untalented we are. It is for the reason that it emphasizes the struggle to showcase art that Sulemani Keeda becomes dear to some, despite it being as lazy and thin as the term slacker comedy is allowed to be.Continue reading “Sulemani Keeda (2014) Movie Review: The Lazy Bollywood”

CityLights Movie Review : A Dark Tale of the Grim Reality That Must Not be Missed

Hansal Mehta’s CityLights is one film I have been gushed about ever since I heard about it. After watching his earlier venture, Shahid, 2 years ago, I was convinced that Mehta has found his sleight in telling tales of the teething realities of our times. Gripped by the first trailer itself, I went in to watch the film first day first show, this morning. It is not a happenstance that he has cast the phenomenal Rajkumar Rao in this one, post their association in Shahid. The duo also won National Awards individually for the earlier film and Rao is undoubtedly India’s current best actor. Contrary to the struggles faced by Shahid to find a theatrical release, the Bhatts (Vishesh Films) took up CityLights early on and have watermarked it with their traditional music style without robbing it off its essence. Yet, CityLights is far less greater than Shahid which goes on to say that it is hard to create magic on screen everytime you decide to make a film.Continue reading “CityLights Movie Review : A Dark Tale of the Grim Reality That Must Not be Missed”

Workshop Masterclasses to be conducted at 4th Jagran Film Festival

jagran-film-festival-b-2-7-Jagran Film Festival, has reached its 4th and concluding stage. Besides proudly presenting an exciting line up of national and international feature and short films across various genres from every corner of the world, the festival has also created a platform for cinephiles to discuss and get acquainted with various aspects of national as well as international cinema from global viewpoint.

Under the banner of Master Class, key representatives of national and international cinema are going to connect with each other for special insightful discussions on films. Sriram Raghavan, Govind Nihalani, Mahesh Bhatt, Saurabh Shukla, Piyush Mishra, Kamlesh Pandey, Pavan Malhotra, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Goutam Ghose, Swanand Kirkire, Farouque M. Shaikh and Atul Tiwari are some of the names forming the part of the panel. There are going to be two panel discussions and one workshop to be held under the banner of Master Class.

LA Film Council on Co-productions :  This is the first panel discussion under this banner going to be held on 25th September 2013, Wednesday at 11.30 am at Zee Preview, Fun Republic 1, Andheri West, Mumbai. The objective of this panel discussion is to facilitate Indian productions and investment in California, and similarly, encourage Hollywood productions and investment in India. It is also aimed to find solutions to overcome various production and distribution challenges faced by each of these industries in the other’s market. It offers a platform for commercial collaboration and knowledge exchange, which would support the technological development of the Hollywood and Indian film industries. It will also assist in cross-industry talent acquisition and creative collaboration.
Date and venue details : 25th September 2013, Wednesday at 11.30 am at Zee Preview, Fun Republic 1, Andheri West, Mumbai.

Master Class – Dervis Zaim : This is a workshop to be held on 26th September 2013 at 11:30 am by the famous Turkish Director Dervis Zaim. He is best known for his film The Cycle. Through this workshop, the festival provides an opportunity to everyone to learn his style of film making and get acquainted with his approach to cinema. In this workshop, which is mostly targeted to youngsters, the Turkish master teaches the art of cinema to the participans
Time and date : 26th September 2013 at 11:30 am Zee Preview, Fun Republic 1, Andheri West, Mumbai.

Master Class – Finding Money For Films : It is the second panel discussion under the banner, which is going to be held on 27th September 2013, Friday at the same venue and time. It is going to be a very interactive and fruitful discussion by the experts of the industry, which will guide and provide consultancy to new film makers and budding talents on how to find the right source to fund their upcoming projects.
Time and date :  27th September 2013 at 11.30 am
Venue: Fun Republic